As the Philadelphia 76ers continued to load up on frontcourt players with top picks in the NBA Draft, many predicted they would someday encounter a problem in doling out playing time. Between Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel, they currently have three uber-talented young big men and only so many minutes to spread around. That doesn't even include No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons, who remains out with an injury.
Even without Simmons, Philly is having trouble sorting it all out and that problem came to a head on Friday night. Noel received only eight minutes of playing time against the Lakers and, well, let's say he wasn't happy about it.
Here's what he said via Jessica Camerato of CSN Philly:
“I just want to play basketball,” Noel said in response to whether or not he wanted to be paired with another center. “I don’t really care who I’m playing with. I’m not an eight-minute player so I don’t know what that’s about. I don’t really care. I need to be on the court playing basketball. I think I’m too good to be playing eight minutes. Like, no, that’s crazy. That’s crazy. That’s crazy. They need to figure this s— out."
Those are some strong words Noel has directed at the Sixers coaching staff, and there are certainly better ways the former Kentucky star could handle the situation. But, it's hard to argue that he doesn't have a point. Noel playing only eight minutes - and just 10 in his previous outing - seems to be a bit of a waste. He's a talented young player and there are plenty of teams around basketball that could use him in a larger role.
Noel, 22, has already been rumored to be unhappy with his situation in Philly, leading to reports of him being on the trade block. This should only fuel that discussion even more.